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Obituaries Kathryn Hughes

Kathryn I. Hughes, 88, Vermillion, died Jan. 27, 2004 at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion, with the Rev. Ed Anderson officiating. Burial was in BluffView Cemetery, Vermillion.

Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion.

Mrs. Hughes was born Jan. 6, 1916, at Newcastle, NE, to Andrew and Bertha (Morgan) Johnson. She was a long-time cook at the Chimes Caf�, Vermillion. She married Bert Hughes March 20, 1933, at Elk Point. He died March 20, 1981.

She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for 47 years. She belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church, Vermillion.

She is survived by three daughters, Mildred (Doug) Brown, Vermillion, Marlene (Kenneth) Ackerman, Utica, and Carol (Bill) Dirkman, Corpus Christi, TX; one sister, Bernice McCloud, Woodward, IA; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter, Myrtle Orr, and two grandsons, Clinton Soloman and James Peterson Jr.

Geraldine Hoffman

Geraldine K. Hoffman-Johnson, 72, of Vermillion, died Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004,at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital.

Mrs. Hoffman was born Feb. 8, 1931 in Centerville, to David and Jenny (Knutson) Johnson. She attended Centerville area schools, and married Joseph B. Hoffman on March 5, 1952 in Ellicot City, MD.

She was a former restaurant owner, a homemaker, and an avid sports fan, attending many of her grandchildren's sporting events. Mrs. Hoffman appreciated fine, fast cars and enjoyed many road trips. She had a strong faith and attended Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church in Westerville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph, a twin brother Gerald, and brothers James, Donald, and Ernest (Johnson) and son Ronald Hoffman.

She is survived by special friend, Gerald P. Hansen of Vermillion; three children, William (Bill) Hoffman and his wife Ruth of Glenwood, IA, Kathy Birmingham of DeQueen, AR, Joseph Hoffman and his wife Shawn of Vermillion; sister, Marilyn Bergheim and her husband Warren of Madison; sister-in-law Ardis Johnson of Centerville; and a special cousin, Jackie (Ray) Wilcox of Sioux Falls; as well as 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins with whom she was very close.

Funeral services were be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, at Immanuel Free Lutheran Church, rural Centerville, with burial at Holland Cemetery, rural Centerville. There was a prayer service at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion.

Alice Rokusek

Alice Teresa (Fiala) Rokusek, 89, died unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 at Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Naples, FL, where she was recuperating from a broken leg and pneumonia. She had been doing well and was scheduled to go into rehab in two days.

Alice Fiala was born Feb. 22, 1914 to John and Frances (Novak) Fiala in Brainard, NE. She was the eldest of three children. As a young girl, her family moved to Oakes, ND. There she attended elementary school and graduated from Oakes State High School in 1932.

She attended two years of normal training at Oakes High. She worked in North Dakota during the school year and would come to Tabor during the summers to stay with her aunt and uncle, Mr. And Mrs. Joe Palensky and to care for her Grandmother Novak. It was while she was in Tabor that she met her husband John, who was a barber in the barbershop right next to the Palensky home. It was a love story made in heaven. Brothers John and Jim Rokusek married sisters Alice and Frances Fiala on March 25, 1940. John and Alice would have been married 64 years on March 25.

Mrs. Rokusek was a spark of energy and graciousness to all who knew her. She had a love for life each day that was so powerful that all who knew her had such joy whenever they were with her.

After marrying John, she worked in Hruska's Grocery Store for several years before joining the U.S. Postal Service. She worked at the Tabor Post Office for 30 years, retiring in May 1978.

She will always be remembered for her news writing. Alice was a correspondent for the Yankton Press and Dakotan for over 45 years. She wrote the "Tabor News" for the Tyndall Tribune for over 35 years.

Mrs. Rokusek will also be remembered for her love of writing and for the detail she put into each wedding story or birthday party she would feature. She always knew when out-of-town families were visiting the area and she wanted to make sure their visit was noted in the Tabor news.

She retired to Ft. Myers, FL in 1999. While living there she enjoyed traveling throughout Florida. She also took several trips with her daughter, Cecilia, to Washington, D.C. She was active in the American Czech � Slovak Cultural Club in North Miami, FL, where she had been a member for the last several years.

Mrs. Rokusek was a lifetime member of the American Legion Auxiliary of Kortan-Hatwan Post 183. She served numerous leadership offices in the auxiliary while she lived in Tabor. She was also a member of the Catholic Sokol Social Club where she served as the group's first female president. Together with John, she was active in the Czech Heritage Preservation Society and Tabor Beseda. They both loved to dance and in their younger days, never missed a local dance.

She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and was a long-time choir member at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. She was a long-time member of the Yankton Business and Professional Women's Association where she held local, regional, and state leadership offices. She was also a member of the St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor. While in Florida, she attended St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Ft. Myers.

Mrs. Rokusek will always be remembered in Tabor for her popcorn stand that she operated for over 50 years each Wednesday and Saturday night and for Czech Days. People came back each year for her "special" butter-topped popcorn. In 2000, she sold the popcorn stand to the Dennis Provondra family of Tabor who has maintained her legacy.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Dr. Cecilia Rokusek and son-in-law, Dr. Kevin Kennedy, both of Ft. Myers, FL; a sister, Frances (Fiala) Rokusek of Tabor; and numerous nieces and nephews. For the past two years, their loving friend and daily companion, Millie Nowicki of Ft. Myers, FL, assisted Alice and John in their home.

She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, and her younger brother John Fiala of Oakes, ND.

A Mass to celebrate the lives and love of John and Alice Rokusek will be held Saturday, Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery. A noon dinner will be held following the funeral at the Kortan-Hatwan Post #183 Legion Hall in Tabor.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 at the Kostel Funeral Home in Tabor. A scripture service, visitation, and rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13 at the church.

Mr. Rokusek, 96, died on Jan. 21, 2004.

A memorial scholarship in honor of John and Alice Rokusek is being established for the Miss Czech-Slovak U.S.A. Pageant. Memorial contributions for this scholarship should be made out to the "Miss Czech-Slovak U.S.A. Pageant � Memorial Scholarship" and sent to Mr. John Fiala, Chairman and Founder, Miss Czech and Slovak U.S.A. Pageant, 6946 Summerset Circle, Box 5, Lincoln, NE 68516.

Barry Matson

Barry Matson, 54, of Yankton, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton.

Services were 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at Calvary Baptist Church, Yankton, with Pastors Larry Odle, Shane Van Dorin and Dr. Jack Smith officiating. Cremation will follow and inurnment will be in the Brooklyn Cemetery, Beresford, at a later date.

Visitation was from 1 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, at Ray, Cantrell & Wintz Funeral Home, Yankton, with the family present at 6:30 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m.

Mr. Matson was born Sept. 4, 1949, at Vermillion to Albin and Alice (Kron) Matson. He grew up and attended grade school at rural Vermillion, graduating from Beresford High School in 1967. He farmed with his father for a short time before working at Electro Magic at Vermillion from 1970 to 1984.

On Sept. 18, 1982, he married Marcia Akland at Brooklyn Evangelical Free Church, Beresford. In 1987, he went to work for Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc., Yankton, working there for 16 years in the shipping department. The couple moved to Yankton in 1988.

Mr. Matson came to know and trust in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1974 and was baptized at the Brooklyn Evangelical Free Church in 1985. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Yankton, where he served as a head usher and AWANA Leader for five years and was currently working with the third-grade boys.

He enjoyed sports, trivia, working out, boating, water skiing, vacationing, reading, watching TV and James Bond movies, and music from the 1960s. He will be remembered as a kind, gentle, loving, hard-working and fun-loving husband.

Survivors include his wife, Marcia; brother and his wife, Don and Joan Evans of Sioux Falls; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Selmer and Eleanor Akland of Beresford; brothers-in-law, Don and Heather Akland of Silverdale, WA, and Daryl and Marlene Akland of Beresford; one nephew; seven nieces; many cousins; his adopted family, the Milton and Gladys Twedt family including Gladys of Beresford, his best friend, Norman Twedt of Beresford, Glenyce and Terry Hagen and their children Heidi and Heather of Hartington, NE, Patty Twedt, and Connie Twedt both of Vermillon; and his friend and companion, his dog Sam.

Mr. Matson was preceded in death by his parents.

Irene Larsen

Irene M. Larsen, 88, Whiting, IA, died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2004 at Pleasant View Care Center at Whiting.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at Rush Family Chapel with Rev. Barb Spaulding, officiating. Burial was Graceland Park Cemetery in Sioux City, IA.

She was born May 28, 1915 at Vermillion, the daughter of Andrew and Gertie (Carlson) Lindstrom.

She was raised in Vermillion and then moved to Sioux City, IA, where she met her husband to be, Lloyd N. Larsen. They were married March 20, 1943 at South Sioux City, NE while Mr. Larsen was serving in the United States Army during World War II. After his discharge, the couple farmed near Sergeant Bluff, IA until 1952 when they moved to a small livestock farm near Whiting until 1996. Mr. Larsen died Nov. 30, 2001 at Whiting.

Mrs. Larson has been a resident of Pleasant View Care Center in Whiting for several years.

She was a member of American Legion Auxiliary and DAV Auxillary.

Survivors include a son and his wife, Arden and Karen Larsen of Whiting; a daughter and her husband, Marlys and Jim Goedken of Muscatine, IA; a grandson, Justin Goedken of Denver, CO; a granddaughter and her husband, Jana and Wes Fowler of Virginia Beach, VA; a great-granddaughter, Abigail Fowler; a brother and his wife, Glen and Audrey Lindstrom of Minneapolis, MN and a special friend, Lorraine Godsey of Sloan, IA.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, and five brothers, Elmer, Orville, Ralph, Don and Lester.

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